EMA at Boston Early Music Festival

17 May 2007 SEATTLE, WA-Early Music America will present a number of events on Friday, June 15, 2007 at Emmanuel Church in Boston ( 15 Newbury St.) in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival. Here is the schedule:

9-10:30am (Parish Hall)
Peer Forum for Early Music Presenters and Local/Regional Service Organizations: Serving the Early Music Community in your Region. An open discussion moderated by EMA board member Gene Murrow.

10:30am-12pm (Parish Hall)

Panel Discussion: Audience Development in the Web 2.0 Era. Panelists include Gregg Sorenson, Marketing Director of the Boston Handel & Haydn Society; Steve Bentley, Web master for the Boston Early Music Festival, and Jordan Sramek, Director of the Rose Ensemble in Minneapolis. Discussion will focus on email marketing, web sites, and other digital means to grow the audience for early music.

12-1pm (Parish Hall)
Sibelius Demonstration, by company representative Robin Hodson. Learn how to use this increasingly popular music editing software.

1:30-2:45 pm (Lindsey Chapel)
Concert by Ensemble La Rota, winners of EMA’s second Medieval/Renaissance performance competition. Ensemble La Rota (Sarah Barnes, soprano; Tobie Miller, recorder and hurdy-gurdy; Esteban La Rotta, lute and harp, and Emilie Brule, vielle) is a medieval quartet based in Montreal. Their program "Heu Fortuna: Music at the Time of Philip the Fair” offers a panorama of secular music in France circa 1300 including trouvere songs, estampies, and motets, by composers including Guiot de Dijon, Jehan de Lescurel, and Philippe de Vitry. They have recently been signed to a recording contract by ATMA Classique. Suggested donation: $10.

3-5pm (Parish Hall)
Reception, EMA Annual Membership Meeting, and Awards Ceremony. Come and celebrate with Ensemble La Rota and the winners (WHO WILL THEY BE?) of the Howard Mayer Brown Award (for lifetime achievement in the field of early music), the Thomas Binkley Award (for excellence in performance and scholarship by the director of a Collegium Musicum), and the “Outreach award” Award (for excellence in early music outreach).

Early Music America will, as usual, have a booth at the Boston Early Music Festival Exhibition in the Radisson Hotel. Please stop by and say hello to Executive Director Maria Coldwell, Membership Director Sally Mitchell, and Advertising Manager Patrick Nugent. We will be distributing “static cling” bumper stickers with our new (just for fun) slogan “Think Outside the Bachs.”

Collegium Grant Winners Perform

The Stony Brook Baroque Players, directed by Arthur Haas, will offer a concert on Wednesday, June 13, at 11:30am at the Boston Center for Adult Education, 5 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. Their program is titled “La Pazzia: the Thread of Italian Music throughout the Baroque Era.” The group features 20+ young virtuosi performing a delightful hour of Italian music from the wild, outrageous sonatas and heartfelt laments of the early 17 th-century to the virtuoso madness (la pazzia) of the late Baroque. Suggested donation: $10.

About Early Music America

Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 2,500 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.